We are looking for passionate people to fight poverty as AmeriCorps VISTA members at institutes of high education around Maine. Each member will serve at a college or community organization for a one-year term. At your site, you will develop and coordinate programs that will increase the capacity of campuses to provide student volunteers to serve low-income K-12 students, encourage and implement Maine initiatives that have the potential to link K-12 schools and higher education to strengthen STEM programs, or help raise awareness and mobilize colleges throughout Maine to address hunger for low income individuals and to provide a platform for Maine students to address food insecurity on their campuses and in their communities
Maine Campus Compact VISTAs spend a year of service on college campuses in Maine. Their service entails: collaborating with students, faculty, staff and community partners to develop programming on campuses focused on improving college aspirations, STEM Learning, or Food Security on Campus. Members of the MCC VISTA team serve in a wide variety of communities on campuses of all types — small and large, public and private — in all corners of the state. They meet regularly throughout the year for training and networking.
Community Need Addressed
To help low-income and first generation college students gain access and succeed in attaining a higher education.
Low income students graduate high school and college.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Student loan forbearance, Training
Competencies You Will Develop
Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment